11/04/2021 CEO Bi-weekly summary

Big week! Glasgow Climate Conference and Foundry makes the NASDAQ Tower.

It was a big week in the world as the Glasgow Climate Change Conference took center stage. Plans for climate solutions were presented while some stunning research circulated promising potty-trained cows as a hope for the future. Who knew?!

Back at the ranch, three of our partners made the NASDAQ tower last week in honor of Foundry’s charitable contributions toward supporting nonprofits via a commitment to Pledge 1%. Seth co-founded Pledge 1% and we are significant supporters (including allocating 1% of our carry to it.) Read more about it here: Busy Market Summer Results in Big Boost to Corporate Giving; Pledge 1% Unlocks Another $1 Billion in New Philanthropy.

Whether saving the planet or working towards making your own community better, Foundry supports these efforts and encourages our network to do the same.

Big week! Glasgow Climate Conference and Foundry makes the NASDAQ Tower.

It was a big week in the world as the Glasgow Climate Change Conference took center stage. Plans for climate solutions were presented while some stunning research circulated promising potty-trained cows as a hope for the future. Who knew?!

Back at the ranch, three of our partners made the NASDAQ tower last week in honor of Foundry’s charitable contributions toward supporting nonprofits via a commitment to Pledge 1%. Seth co-founded Pledge 1% and we are significant supporters (including allocating 1% of our carry to it.) Read more about it here: Busy Market Summer Results in Big Boost to Corporate Giving; Pledge 1% Unlocks Another $1 Billion in New Philanthropy.

Whether saving the planet or working towards making your own community better, Foundry supports these efforts and encourages our network to do the same.

Coming up

Virtual Fireside Chat

Google Cloud Partnerships for Startups

Join Nirav Sheth (feat. portfolio company, Pantheon and Mika Kasumov, VP Strategic Partnerships & Programmatic Revenue)

Friday, 11/5; 9am-11am/PT

New Builders Book Signing

Join us at the Boulder Book Store

Seth Levine and Elizabeth McBride will be reading a few sections from the book, talking about the work they’ve been doing supporting New Builders since the book launch, and signing books for those who want to pick up a copy.

Tonight, Wednesday, 11/3 at 6:30pm MT

Virtual Fireside Chat

Changing the game

Join Elevate Security co-founder, Masha Sedova, and Eddie Borrero, CISO of BlueShield CA in a fireside chat to learn how the most cutting edge healthcare companies are defending against user risk to get ahead of threats.

November 17th at 9am PT (12 noon ET)

IN CASE YOU
MISSED IT

Brad Feld hosted “A Fireside Chat” with Jeff Lawson, Co-Founder & CEO, Twilio and author of Ask Your Developer.

Foundry portfolio
partner news &
happenings

Dibbs

Dibbs Kick-off Podcast with Evan Vandenberg

Elevate Security

Elevate Security Wins the 2021 Digital Innovator Award from Intellyx.

Gig Wage

Preparing For The Future Of Work: Craig J Lewis of Gig Wage On The Top Five Trends To Watch In The Future Of Work

High Alpha

High Alpha launched their very first podcast – Speaker Series Rewind! Check out Episode 1 – Role of CEO as Functional Supervisor with Bolster Co-Founder and CEO Matt Blumberg.

Integrate

Integrate Appoints Mike Kaplan as New Chief Customer Officer.

Knock

Knock breaks into the Phoenix market. The Arizona launch is Knock’s first in the west.

Knock

Knock’s CEO, Sean Black, is named one of Inman’s Innovators of the Year.

Mixhalo

Mixhalo in 5280: We Tried Red Rocks’ New Audio Technology

Sofar

Ocean data collection firm Sofar raises $39 million

Spekit

Redefining ‘Boss Lady’: Female Co-Founders Are the Next Evolution of Entrepreneurs by Mel Fellay of Spekit

Suzy

Tribeca Venture Partners’ Interview w/ Matt Britton, Founder and CEO of Suzy

Suzy

Suzy is a GRIT Top 50 Most Innovative Supplier in Market Research

WHOOP

WHOOP in The New Yorker: Energy, and How to Get It

Xometry

Xometry Introduces Autodesk Fusion 360 App Version 2.0

Don's corner

Corp Dev: Don Loeb

Headlands West Advisory

Headlands West Advisory helps Foundry Group and our partner funds with market intelligence, relationship assistance, and M&A advisory for our portfolio companies.

Please email Don if you’re interested in talking about any of the following companies / people linked below, especially those scheduled for the next couple of weeks.

Niantic

CorpDev + SVP Engineering

LDV

General Partner

Google

Director Product

Pantheon

Chief Strategy Officer

Voyager Capital

Managing Director

Atlassian

Director CorpDev

Tier

VP CorpDev and Strategy

Roblox

Director CorpDev

GTMhub

CEO. Plus COO and CSO

Bolt

VP BD + Chief Business Officer

Charter

CEO

CRV

GP

Instacart

VP CorpDev

Asana

Head of Business and Corporate Development

Don's upcoming meetings
(currently scheduled)
in the next 2 weeks

Shopify

VC Partnerships

Climateworks

CFO

Amazon

Head of Product, AWS Educate

Battery Ventures

Venture Investor

Albertsons

Innovation Strategy & Strategic Partnerships

Adobe

Sr Director Commerce Services

AARP

VP Product

Franklin Templeton

VP Fintech Partnerships and Corp Strategic Investments

Roblox

CorpDev

Foundry thoughts
& updates

Your Startup Community Podcast: How Do I Measure The Right Things? Part 1: The best approaches to measurement concepts and metrics with Rhett Morris of Common Good Labs.

Hosted by Brad Feld, Ian Hathaway and Chris Heivly

Four Key Lessons From My Favorite Tech Authors

by Thierry Schellenbach ft. Brad Feld’s Venture Deals

ICYMI: Interview from the Fifth Annual Authors and Innovators Business Ideas Festival

With Seth Levine and Elizabeth MacBride

Foundry talent network

View our list of vetted talent candidates in Foundry’s Talent Network.

(pass: FoundryFamily! — must manually type it in.)

Talent Spotlight: Michael Koenig (recommended via one of Foundry Group’s partners)

    • Position Desired: COO, CRO
    • Location: Remote; Ann Arbor, open to other locations as well.
    • Sector/Experience: Enterprise & Mid-Market SaaS, Data, CloudTech, e-commerce, HRtech, Impact Tech, Infrastructure, LegalTech, Blockchain,  Lifestyles (health, sustainability, wellness).

  • Contact [email protected] for an intro

Foundry talent network

View our list of vetted talent candidates in Foundry’s Talent Network.

(pass: FoundryFamily! — must manually type it in.)

Talent Spotlight: Zendesk

Zendesk is growing their Startup Partnerships team with openings focused on the East Coast and Europe. They are looking for former founders, investors, ecosystem builders or anyone else with experience working with startups and partners. Ideal candidates will understand the needs of Zendesk’s audience, have strong connections in their regional startup ecosystems and want to join a fun, high-impact team setting startups up with a best-in-class product.

“On-demand” talent

Hot Freelance/Contract Tech Talent from our friends at 10x.

  • James Knight – Senior mobile (iOS & Android) developer & full-stack engineer, James is one of 10x’s longest-standing clients
  • Alex Fallon – Award-winning graphic/branding designer that has worked on GE’s Olympic branding for the last two Olympics
  • Paul Christodoulou – Senior product owner/manager/strategist
  • Trevor VanLinden – Python / E-Commerce architect and programmer

For more information, please contact Sam Zeisler at [email protected].

PERK OF
THE WEEK

Who: GoalFlow

What: Employee Goal and Reward Platform

Perk: 50% off unlimited users for 12 months

About: Without clear goals, people work in circles.

GoalFlow simplifies employee goals and rewards, making the experience better for everyone. Company-wide goals cascade down to teams and individuals, keeping teams and departments aligned. Employees choose their rewards (crypto, gift cards, cash) and get paid automatically based on performance.

See how the platform can help your team drive stronger results.

Contact: Email Murphy at [email protected] to learn more.

CEO Summit Postponement

As we look toward the second half of the year, we continue to grapple with questions surrounding COVID-19 and the Delta variant. One thing, however, is for certain: the health and safety of our network (and your families) are of utmost importance to us.

Due to the recent spike in cases around the U.S. and world, we have decided to postpone our CEO Summit from October to Spring, 2022. It will still take place at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, so if you’ve reserved your room already, we’ll simply move your reservation. If you’ve booked your flights, please contact your carrier to make arrangements. The new dates for the summit in the spring are still TBD, but we hope to determine this in the next few weeks. We apologize if this has caused any inconvenience.

In the meantime, we are busy planning other potential programming including regional/outdoor meet-ups and other digital content. We will send around another survey to gauge interest and to make the most out of the remainder of this year.

We want to thank those who have voiced their opinions and participated in the surveys and open dialogue surrounding this event and what is best for the network.

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